Friendship Family Program is an opportunity for international students to experience American life by creating an extended family through bringing the members together through communication, daily activities, outings, sports, etc. It is also an opportunity for Americans to have cross-cultural experiences and learn about different countries and cultures. The objective is for international students to see a typical U.S. home. Students do not stay within the home, but participate in activities and outings.
International students come from a distance and do not have easy access to their family or this kind of family in the U.S. The Friendship Family Program helps provide different roles, personalities, strengths, etc, that provide an interesting and helpful environment for student. They can share ideas with each other and work as a team to be more helpful. If there are children in the home, if may help to relieve tension and also provide another cultural experience for international students. This family provides a nurturing role in a natural way that may help make life in this new culture less stressful.
This program is open to all interested international students, University Faculty, University Staff and Fargo-Moorhead area community residents. We also encourage members from smaller surrounding communities to participate!